Ladies Win I-20 Rivalry with Louisiana Tech 4-2
Tuesday, March 6, 2007

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CC-Louisiana Tech Box Score 3-6-07

Allison Shepperd

Jennifer Martin

Stacy Whitmer

SHREVEPORT—Playing its first home game in its last nine games the Centenary softball team took care of its in-state I-20 rival Louisiana Tech with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night at the Centenary Softball Complex. The win is the eleventh for the Ladies in their last 12 games.


Centenary (12-10) allowed Louisiana Tech to get on the board first with a single run in the top of the third inning. Pitcher Stacy Whitmer committed an error on a come-backer off the bat of Emma Barnes with two outs. Moments later, Barnes was given second base when the umpire called an illegal pitch as a result of Whitmer blowing on her hands and then delivering the pitch before wiping off her hands. Two pitches later, Amberly Waits singled to center field to plate Barnes.


The Ladies answered in the bottom half of the inning with three runs to move back on top. Lin Virdell and Jennifer Martin each singled to start the rally and Lauren Flowers moved them to second and third with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt.


Emerald Doria’s grounder to short scored Virdell and allowed Doria to reach when the fielder came home with the throw. Doria stole second and Haley Bassett drove in Martin on an RBI groundout to second base. Allison Shepperd followed with a single up the middle to push Doria across to provide Centenary with the 3-1 lead.


Louisiana Tech (13-12) posted another run in the fourth when Ashley Cameron homered to left field. However, the relief pitching of Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week Ryan Thacker and Kelsey Greeson shut down the Lady Techsters the rest of the way. Thacker tossed two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out two while Greeson notched her third save of the season by striking out the side in the seventh.


Centenary received an insurance run in the sixth when Shepperd connected for her team-leading third dinger of the season.


Whitmer improved to 6-2 on the season for the Ladies, earning the win after tossing four innings and surrendering two runs, one earned, on three hits. She also struck out three hitters on the night.


Shepperd led Centenary offensively going 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Martin also tallied two hits in the victory.


The win was the 130th for head coach Mark Montgomery, who became the program’s all-time winningest coach on Sunday with a victory over Wright State. Montgomery is in his fifth season at the helm of the Ladies and surpassed former Centenary coach Tami Cyr (127), the Ladies skipper from 1987 to 1991.


Centenary will travel to face the University of Texas-Arlington (12-10) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The game can be followed via live stats through the UTA website located at